|By Carmelo Turdo|
Rudolph David “R.D.” White, Lt. Col. U.S. Army Retired, 89, of Woodlawn, passed away 7:36 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at his home.
R.D. was born March 4, 1922, in West Frankfort, a son of Rudolph Da and Monell (Moore) White. He married Ellen Louise (Modert) on June 30, 1946, in Mt. Vernon and she died Sept. 6, 2000.
After retirement from the military his desire to stay busy lead him to manage the Benton Airport then later the Salem Airport. He was a founding member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Jefferson County Veterans Hall of Honor and Museum in Mt. Vernon and the Civil Air Patrol. R.D. served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Woodlawn where he was a member. He was instrumental in the construction of the new church. He attended the Baker Street Baptist Church in Walnut Hill and assisted in restarting it. He loved God, family and country.
He is survived by his daughter, Dee Richardson of Mt. Vernon; granddaughter, Devon Almaroad of Benton; and great-grandson Kent David Almaroad of Mt. Vernon. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and siblings.
Mount Vernon Outland Airport Manager Chris Collins put it like this: "'Team MVN', as well as the aviation world, has lost a mentor, friend, and Hero!"
(Source: Newell Funeral Homes)